Jessica Baker

Nambiti Plains Lodge

  • Where:
  • Why:Vacation…and because I’ve got to try and go everywhere at least once.
  • When:Early December 2012
  • Who:Me, my friend Chloe and her amazing and hysterical folks
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Nambiti Plains Lodge Oh hello, friends.

Oh hello, friends.

Nambiti Plains Lodge Within 30 minutes of arriving, we had elephants drinking out of the pool as we sipped Pimm’s Cups…luck of mother nature felt a little staged for this cynical New Yorker.

Within 30 minutes of arriving, we had elephants drinking out of the pool as we sipped Pimm’s Cups…luck of mother nature felt a little staged for this cynical New Yorker.

Nambiti Plains Lodge Coziest, best nights of sleep I'd had in a long, long while.

Coziest, best nights of sleep I'd had in a long, long while.

Nambiti Plains Lodge I loved the open plan room– everything has a view of outside so you don’t miss a single bird.

I loved the open plan room– everything has a view of outside so you don’t miss a single bird.

Nambiti Plains Lodge We hung out by the fire here all night watching one of the wildest lightning storms.

We hung out by the fire here all night watching one of the wildest lightning storms.

Nambiti Plains Lodge I sat out on this deck for several hours every day just taking in the sounds.

I sat out on this deck for several hours every day just taking in the sounds.

Nambiti Plains Lodge Best smelling products!

Best smelling products!

Nambiti Plains Lodge This is the rover we were in each morning and night for the game drives…ours was definitely the coolest.

This is the rover we were in each morning and night for the game drives…ours was definitely the coolest.

Nambiti Plains Lodge Bought these from a dude on the road near the entrance to this Big 5 game reserve – my

Bought these from a dude on the road near the entrance to this Big 5 game reserve – my "funky" friends ended up being made of dung!

Nambiti Plains Lodge We would pass other lodge’s rovers all the time and let’s just say– it got a little weird sometimes.

We would pass other lodge’s rovers all the time and let’s just say– it got a little weird sometimes.

Nambiti Plains Lodge I sat in a robe on this deck for about 3 hours...watching, listening and writing postcards home.

I sat in a robe on this deck for about 3 hours...watching, listening and writing postcards home.

Nambiti Plains Lodge The main lodge is bright and modern while tastefully incorporating the feel of the natural bush that you are surrounded by…

The main lodge is bright and modern while tastefully incorporating the feel of the natural bush that you are surrounded by…

Highs & Lows

  • Rooms felt like home with insane views of the savannah.

  • Guides were very knowledgeable about both the land and animals – with great stories. By the end of the 3 days we were inviting our guide and innkeeper for drinks by the fireplace and hugging the staff goodbye.

  • Daily food menus were diverse, perfectly prepared, and could be served pretty much anywhere you liked.

  • Obsessed with their local, organic soaps and sea salts in the rooms by Africology.

  • Small shop with a few branded hats and fleece sweatshirts, wish there had been more products because there was plenty of stealable stuff…

  • A little more focus on music could really make a difference .

The Barometer

  • Design

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  • Night's Sleep

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  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 42/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Eco Lodge on the Nambiti Plains Game Reserve

  • Vibe

    Comfortable luxury – you feel like you are on safari and immersed in Africa…but far from roughing it.

  • Location

    Just outside the middle of nowhere.

  • Rooms

    5 Suites, 10 Beds

  • Music

    Whatever your lodge host feels like playing, in my case a mix of Chris Issak, Shania Twain and Mango Groove.

  • Year Opened

    Not sure the year but fairly new, 2 years at most.

  • Health & Wellness

    No gym, but a pool that wild elephants love to come drink from!

  • Restaurant

    Yes, amazing menus are listed daily on a chalkboard in the lodge and chef can modify based on your dietary needs.

  • Bar

    Yes

  • Children

    Totally welcome.

  • Price

    Pricey but includes everything but booze.

  • Website

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